February 12th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” â€śWhitley County LIFE: Learning, Living & Lots of Funâ€ť is a series of special sections to be published in The Post & Mail in mid-March that will focus on quality of life issues.
The series of special sections will be published on consecutive days in The Post & Mail. The sections will be exciting, graphic-oriented compilations by the newspaperâ€™s award-winning news-editorial staff examining criteria for Whitley County concerning livability.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Indian Springs Middle School hosted a wrestling invitational Saturday with four middle schools.
East Noble, Lakeland, Adams Central and Lincoln fell to the Eagles, who went 3-0 on the day and beat last yearâ€™s champions from Lincoln.
In the championship match, Indian Springs was trailing Lincoln with two wrestlers remaining. In the third period, Jackson Wilcoxon pinned his man to make the score 44-42. ISMS was behind by two points going into the final match.
Weston Ottinger pinned his opponent in eight seconds to make the score 48-44 â€” and take the win.
Mason Rhodes, 17, daughter of John And Julie Rhodes, Columbia City High School, signed with Indiana Techâ€™s girls bowling team last week.
Rhodes is graduating from CCHS as a junior and has been a member of Columbia Cityâ€™s varsity bowling team for three years. She finished the regular high school season with a 198 average, carries a high game of 266 and a series high of 694. Rhodes is the 2012-13 girls team captain. The girls team was sectional champion and regional champs.
Pictured, from left, Indiana Tech bowling coach Larry Secrist, Mason Rhodes, Indiana Tech coach Greg Kirnberger.
FORT WAYNE â€” Five Indian Springs Middle School students were honored with Gold Key Awards for their art submitted in a scholastic contest. Seventeen out of 85 pieces were chosen to be put on display at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art from Feb. 10 through April 7.
ISMS art teacher, Mary Hilger, accompanied the students at the Scholastic Art Ceremony Sunday at the Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne.
Megan Jagger won three Gold Key Awards along with Abigail Schrader and Hailey Hackworth for their photos. Hackworth picked up her second award with her drawing.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A request was made to evaluate a suspectâ€™s mental health condition in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Brad Voelz, attorney for Charles Norris, requested a confidential hearing with an expert to evaluate the status of Norrisâ€™ mental health.
Norris has been charged with attempted escape, a Class B felony, and intimidation with a deadly weapon, a Class C felony.
June L. Scofield, 100, formerly of Columbia City, passed away at 3:19 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in Dunlap, Tenn.
Born June 15, 1912, in Rosemont, Neb., she was the daughter of Claus and Gertrude Estella (McWilliams) Rose, Jr.
June grew up in Stratton, Colo. graduating with the Class of 1929 at the age of 17. In September 1929, she enrolled at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, until January 1931, at which time she returned to Stratton to teach in a one-room, eight-grade country school north of Stratton.
FORT WAYNE â€” Eleven Whitley County wrestlers qualified for the Fort Wayne Semi-State tournament, and for all but one of them, the opportunity to advance to the State Finals at Bankerâ€™s Life Fieldhouse came to an end.
Churubusco senior Jason Nicodemus took third place in the 220-pound weight class to advance to next weekendsâ€™ state finals.
In a semifinal that matched two unbeaten wrestlers, Kokomo junior Fletcher Miller (47-0) scored an early takedown and went on to score a pinfall win over Nicodemus (27-0) in 1:47.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” The Wildcats are getting hot at the right time of the season.
That is the key, according to many coaches, to basketball success. Whitkoâ€™s boys team may be finding that fact, as the Wildcats won their third game in a row Saturday, which was also the third straight Three Rivers Conference victory.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Three Whitley County students recently spent a day in Indianapolis with Indiana Senator Jim Banks as part of the Statehouse Page Program.
Students were able to see what activities go on at the Statehouse, tour the historic building, meet the Senator and watch debates.
â€śI visited the state building for a field trip in fourth grade and I really wanted to go back to learn more,â€ť said Indian Springs Middle School sixth grader Mykaela Crowell. â€śI think someday I might run for Congress.â€ť
Viola G. Baker, 68, of Columbia City, died at 1:15 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Parkview Oaks.
She was born Oct. 13, 1944, in Livingston County, Mich. to Clyde and Mary (Robinson) Beauchamp. As a teenager, she moved to Jackson, Mich. She graduated from Jackson High School.
Her last employment was with Marlin Manor.
Surviving relatives include three children, Richard (Tina) Baker Jr. of Columbia City, Michael (Vicki) Baker of Jackson and Karen Baker of Jackson; 13 grandchildren; a brother, William Beauchamp of Michigan and a sister, Connie Beauchamp of Michigan.